The summer holidays are over and it’s back to school we go (or back to the office for those of us over 18). I'll be banishing the post-holiday blues and kick-starting the new term with a bunch of organisation tools. Technology can lend a helping hand when it comes to getting things in order. Here are some of my favourite solutions...
Ideas can pop into my head at the most surprising moments… at the supermarket, in the shower, part way through a meeting. To ensure I don’t lose those sparks of inspiration, I jot them down in Evernote. The app also has the ability to capture images and turn them into documents, which is super handy if you want to save a recipe or some information for future reference.
Office 365 basically allows me to carry work around with me in my pocket. It gives me access to emails, calendars, documents and contacts wherever I am. So, if I need to answer an urgent email on the bus or check my appointments for the day whilst I am away from my desk, I can do so – as long as I have an internet connection. Magic.
David Allen, creator of the Getting Things Done methodology says: “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them”, which basically means if you think of something you need to do, write it down. I am fond of to-do lists and Trello allows me to create multiple lists with deadlines, colours, groups and stickers. The deadlines are particularly useful as they make sure I do things within a set timeframe rather than letting them drag on forever.
Hacking is on the up. Just last week, Dropbox had to issue big warnings about passwords being stolen and LinkedIn suffered a data breach recently too. You should be fine, unless you use the same password for everything. If you are single-password-user, you should rethink that immediately and invest in the services of LastPass – simple to use, secure and a great way to keep all your passwords organised and easily accessible (only to you, of course!)
All of these handy apps and programs are pretty much useless, however, without efficient tech to run them on. Spending hours fighting with a broken laptop is pretty much the opposite of organised efficiency. The benefit of working at Resolve is that I never have to suffer with broken tech for very long – and should you sign up for SuperSupport, you won’t have to either. You’ll have a dedicated IT Account Manager at the end of the line every time your PC/ smart phone/ server/ backup drive starts misbehaving.